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06/10/19 Don't Quit

Monday, June 10, 2019

"Become one of the rare people who don't know how to quit." Robin Sharma

"I gave up looking young and attractive years ago when I found out surly and intimidating was so much easier."

A minister in a little church announced: "Before we
pass the collection plate, I would like to request
that the person who stole the chickens from Brother
Martin's hen house please refrain from giving any
money to the Lord. The Lord doesn't want money from
a thief!"

The collection plate was passed around, and for the
first time in months everybody gave.

- From Mikey’s Funnies

It's Mom's Equal Pay Day! Today is the symbolic day when women's average earnings finally catch-up with the average wages of men from the year before. Think about that; it takes women almost 18 months to earn the same averages wages men earn in 12 months. We've got so much further to go. Why aren't we angrier?
--Ballpoint Pen Day: in honor of the Biro brothers, Laszlo and Gyorgy, who are credited with the invention of the ballpoint pen; it was this date in 1943, the brothers filed an application for the patent; the average adult will use 4.3 pens a year and a pen averages 50,000 words.
--Black Cow Day: a salute to the root beer float, made with root beer and vanilla ice cream; if the root beer is paired with chocolate ice cream, it's called a chocolate cow or brown cow; Frank J Wisner of the Cripple Creek Brewing Co. in Colorado created the first black cow on August 19, 1893.
--Herbs and Spices Day: a salute to the foods that add flavor and pizzazz to our foods; herbs come from the leaves of a plant and spices come from the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds; herbs and spices often also have antibacterial and antiviral properties.
--Iced Tea Day: another summer favorite, iced tea started showing up in the US in the 1860's.
"--Alcoholics Anonymous Founders' Day: from ""On today's date in 1935, in Akron, Ohio, the organization that would become Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by William G. Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith. Wilson, a New York stockbroker and alcoholic, had been getting help to get sober from the Oxford Group. He also had tried helping others with their sobriety but was not successful. While on a business trip to Akron in June of 1935, he felt the need to drink. Instead, he got into contact with Smith, an Akron surgeon and alcoholic, who had also sought help from the Oxford Group. Smith had yet to become completely sober yet, however. With Wilson's support, Smith was able to dry out. June 10 was the date of his sobriety.
On that day, Wilson and Smith decided that they would continue to work to stay sober by getting support from others who were struggling with the issue of alcohol dependence. They defined alcoholism as ""a malady of mind, emotions and body,"" and began helping alcoholics at Akron's City Hospital. Their group grew, and later in 1935, a similar group was formed in New York, and in 1939, a third group was formed in Cleveland. After four years, about 100 alcoholics had become sober among the three groups.
A book, Alcoholics Anonymous, was written by Wilson and published in 1939 and laid out the organization's Twelve Steps of recovery. After the book's publishing, as well as other media attention, Alcoholics Anonymous greatly expanded. By 1950, there were an estimated 100,000 recovered alcoholics on account of the group. That same year, in Cleveland, Alcoholics Anonymous held their first international convention. It was here that the organization's Twelve Traditions were adopted. Today, in the United States, there are an estimated 55,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups comprised of 1.2 million members."""
--Portugal Day: a celebration of the Portuguese nation and its people on the anniversary of the death of Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes; he wrote the epic poem 'Os Lusiadas' and is often compared to Virgil's 'Aeneid'.

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